Review by Andy Hawes for MPM
Will We Ever’ is the first single off Wille and the Bandits’ forthcoming album When The World Stood Still funded by the bands fans and recorded at the iconic Sawmills Studio.
It’s a stomping mid-paced piece of swaggering blues-rock full of swampy bottleneck lap-steel guitar, highly emotive vocals and delicate Hammond organ and it laments the state of the world in the current pandemic situation.
A music review is no place for a political discussion, but whatever your views of the way the pandemic has been handled and the way that restrictions have affected our liberty, there’s absolutely no doubt about the long-lasting effects on all of us, whether that be socio-economic effects, physical health effects or mental health effects and the frustration we all feel as we begin the long journey out of the pandemic is clearly evident within the lyrics. They are delivered in a mournful blues-drenched wail that drips with angst, anger and frustration and I suspect that they will strike a very genuine chord with a lot of people.
The fact that the lyrics are wrapped up in huge, juicy vocal hook-lines will obviously pay real dividends for Willie and the Bandits going forward. ‘Will We Ever’ is a very cool taster for the upcoming album, the title of which suggests that it’s likely to contain a lot more commentary on where we are and where we’ve been for the past two years or so.
In a world where so much of our culture, including our music, is disposable and sanitised, it’s great to hear artists who are prepared to write and sing something genuinely meaningful. Cool track, superb performances and excellent supporting video too!
Official website: https://www.willeandthebandits.com